Barbara Shelley, an actress known for her work with Hammer Studios and her work on Doctor Who has died. The actress was 88 years old.
Born in London, England in 1932, she began her career as a fashion model before making the transition to acting in the 1950s.
A quote on her IMDb bio reads: “In England they decided that, because I had been a fashion model, there was no way I’d be able to act. in Italy, however, they decided otherwise, and that is how I began my career as an actress.”
By 1958, she was making her debut with Hammer Studios with The Camp on Blood Island and the rest, as they say, is history. She would go on to become the face of the studio for many years starring opposite Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in films like Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Rasputin: The Mad Monk, The Gorgon, and Quartermass and the Pit.
Outside of those Hammer films, she also starred in Village of the Damned, and by the late 60s began working more frequently in television. It was there that she played the role of Sorasta in Doctor Who in the 1980s opposite Peter Davison as the Doctor.
According to IMDb, her final role took place in 1992 in a video short called More than a Messiah. Shelly made numerous appearances at conventions in later years, enjoying the notoriety that came from working in science fiction and horror, and her interactions with fans.
Shelley was the last surviving cast member of Dracula: Prince of Darkness.
iHorror sends our condolences to the family and friends of Barbara Shelley, a legendary actress who won’t soon be forgotten.